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* 1. Are you male or female?

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* 2. What grade are you in?

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* 3. For each of the following statements, please choose one of the following:

  I strongly disagree I disagree I'm unsure I agree I strongly agree
I enjoy writing in school.
I enjoy writing in my free time.
I find that the letter grades I’m assigned on writing assignments are useful for guiding my improvement.
I find that rubric scores on writing assignments are useful for guiding my improvement.
When I turn in an essay, I am nervous about the grade I will receive.
When a teacher corrects my writing, I want them to show me all the errors.
When I begin writing a new essay, I look at the comments and scores on previous ones and use those to guide my writing on the new one.
When a teacher gives me positive comments on a paper, I have increased confidence to improve writing.
When a teacher gives me negative comments on a paper, I have increased confidence to improve my writing.
Prior to this semester (beginning in 7th grade), I have found my English teachers’ grading practices to be fair and helpful for guiding my improvement.

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* 4. Read the following sentence and then check all of the statements below that you believe apply to you:

The areas that I most need to continue working on with my writing are...

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* 5. What do you think would be most helpful for you to improve your writing?

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* 6. Do you think that focusing on a few specific skills on each draft through defined learning targets could make you a better writer? If so, how?

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* 7. What advice would you give me, personally, to help you to advance as a writer this semester? Please be specific.

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